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Theophilus London. Photos by R. Jeanette Martin.
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THEOPHILUS LONDON with Sir LanceLot and Q-TIP at 99 Sudbury, Saturday, August 9. Rating: NNN
Make a concert free, give out plenty of drink tickets, and it will be popping. Absolut Vodka figured that out, and a long lineup of RSVPers snaked down Sudbury Street before their Absolut Makerfest event on Saturday night.
Spotted wandering the venue before his set time, New York rapper/singer Theophilus London was on performance duty. He took his sweet time, letting Toronto MC/hypeman Sir LanceLot do the heavy lifting before finally appearing about an hour behind schedule. But the prep time was well-spent. Once he emerged, London proved an engaging performer, passionately spitting and showing off some impressive pipes.
The back room of 99 Sudbury makes a nice venue, even if lineups at the bar were as hairy as they were in the main room. All those revellers made a pumped up and spirited crowd, though. Although most people were definitely more stoked to see A Tribe Called Quest emcee Q-Tip DJ into the wee hours, the room was rammed for London, who definitely earned some new fans.